How to install Windows 11 on M1/M2 Mac using VMware Fusion Tech Preview

In this hands-on video and step-by-step written walkthrough, I show you how to install Windows 11 via VMware Fusion on a Mac with Apple Silicon. With this tutorial, you’ll be able to run VMware Fusion on an M1 MacBook or M2 MacBook, or any other Mac that uses Apple Silicon, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Studio.

Interestingly enough, the VMware Fusion Technical Preview also works on Intel Macs, but you’ll of course need to download the x86_64 version of Windows in order to do that. For this tutorial, however, it’s all about running Windows 11 on Apple Silicon, and that’s exactly what this hands-on guide will show you how to do. Without any further ado, let’s get started.

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Important: Please keep in mind that this is a tech preview, and as such, there will undoubtedly be bugs. Additional caveats include no 3D hardware acceleration support, and no shared folders/drag and drop between host and guest. Unity mode is also unsupported, and auto-fit guest resolution and auto-scaling is not supported either. Of course, these items could change in the future as development progresses.

Download the Windows 11 Client ARM64 Insider Preview

In order to download the Windows 11 Client ARM64 Insider Preview, you’ll first need a Microsoft Account that’s a member of the Windows Insider program. You can register a Microsoft account for free and sign up for the Windows Insider program for free as well.

Step 1: Visit Microsoft’s Windows Insider registration page and click Sign in now.

Step 2: If you already have a Microsoft account, sign in with your account. If you do not yet have a Microsoft account, click Create one and create a new account.

Step 3: Click the Register tab and click the Register now button.

Step 4: Click the checkbox next to I accept the terms of this agreement and click Register now.

Step 5: Visit the Windows 11 on ARM Insider Preview page and select the Windows 11 Client from the drop down box. I recommend selecting the build from the Beta Channel. Click Confirm.

Step 6: Select the product language from the drop down box and click Confirm.

Step 7: Click the Download Now button to initiate the Windows 11 Client ARM64 Insider Preview download. (Click Allow if you see a Safari pop-up to allow downloads).

Depending on your Internet connection, the Windows 11 ARM64 preview could take some time to download, as it’s around 10GB in size. Windows11_InsiderPreview_Client_ARM64.VHDX.

The VHDX extension stands for Virtual Hard Disk v2. VHDX is a disk image format that’s capable of storing the contents of a hard disk drive. VMware Fusion cannot natively read VHDX files so it will need to be converted to a Virtual Machine Disk, or VMDK. The good news is that converting a VHDX to VMDK can be done easily (and for free) using QEMU.

Thus, the next step is to install Homebrew on your Mac, which will then allow you to easily install QEMU.

Install Homebrew

If you’ve already installed Homebrew on your Mac, you can skip this step.

Step 1: Open Terminal.

Step 2: Paste the following command in Terminal and press Return on your keyboard:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Whenever prompted, press Return on your keyboard. You will also be prompted to enter your administrator password. Once you do, press Return on your keyboard.

Step 3: Enter the following commands to add Homebrew to your PATH:

echo 'eval "$(/opt/homebrew/bin/brew shellenv)"' >> /Users/jeff/.zprofile

eval "$(/opt/homebrew/bin/brew shellenv)"

Install QEMU using Homebrew

Open Terminal and type/paste the following command and press the Return key.

brew install qemu

The QEMU installation may take a while depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

Convert Windows 11 VHDX to VMDK

Now we’ll use QEMU to convert the Windows 11 VHDX container to a VMDK container.

Open Terminal and type/paste the following (make sure ‘vmdk’ is in lower case):

qemu-img convert -O vmdk

Ensure that a single space is inserted after vmdk, and drag the Windows 11 VHDX container from the Downloads folder into the Terminal. The result should look similar to the following, but obviously your user name will most likely be different:

qemu-img convert -O vmdk /Users/jeff/Downloads/Windows11_InsiderPreview_Client_ARM64_en-us_22598.VHDX

Ensure that a single space is inserted after VHDX, and type/paste the following:


The final command should look similar to the following:

qemu-img convert -O vmdk /Users/jeff/Downloads/Windows11_InsiderPreview_Client_ARM64_en-us_22598.VHDX ~/Desktop/Windows11.vmdk

Press Return on your Keyboard. Once you do, you may see a pop-up stating that “VMware Fusion Tech Preview” would like to access files in your Desktop folder. Click OK to allow access.

QEMU will begin converting the VHDK container to VMDK, creating a separate file. The new file will be roughly the same size as the original VHDK, so you’ll want to ensure that you have enough space on your Mac to accommodate it. Conversion will take a few minutes. Once completed, you should see a new Windows11.vmdk file on your desktop.

Download and Install VMware Fusion Technology Preview

Before downloading the VMware Fusion Technology Preview, you’ll need to login with a VMware Customer Connect account.

Step 1: Visit VMware Customer Connect and click Login in the upper right-hand corner. If you do not have a VMware account yet, click Register in the upper right-hand corner to register.

Step 2: Once logged in, visit the product downloads area to download the latest VMware Fusion Technology Preview. If the download doesn’t start automatically, click the Download Now button next to the universal.dmg file. (Click Allow if you see a Safari pop-up requesting to allow downloads).

Step 3: Double click the VMware-Fusion.dmg to mount the image, then double-click the VMware Fusion Tech Preview icon.

Step 4: Click the Open button on the pop-up that appears, enter your macOS administrator password, and click OK.

Step 5: Click Agree on the VMware Technology Preview License Agreement.

Step 6: On the license key screen, the license key for VMware Fusion Preview should already be populated with a valid license. Click Continue and then click Done to complete the installation.

Step 7: Click OK on the VMware Fusion Tech Preview System Events permission pop-up.

Step 8: Click Not Now on the Accessibility pop-up. You can always change this later via Security & Privacy Preferences if you desire.

Once the install and configuration is completed, you will be presented with the Select the Installation Method window. If you don’t see this window, you can always open it by clicking FileOpen in the menu bar.

Install Windows 11 ARM Preview with VMware Fusion

Step 1: On the Installation Method window click Create a custom virtual machine and click Continue.

Step 2: Under Choose Operating System select Microsoft Windows > Windows 11 64-bit Arm and click Continue.

Step 3: Keep UEFI selected on the Firmware Type window and click Continue.

Step 4: On the Encryption Window, keep the default option — Only the files needed to support a TPM are encrypted — and click Auto Generate Password. Ensure that Remember Password and store it in Mac’s Keychain is selected and click Continue.

??? More details on TPM and writing down password ??

Step 5: On the Choose a Virtual Disk window, click the radio button next to Use an existing virtual disk and then click Choose virtual disk…

Navigate the pop-up Finder window to the desktop and select the Windows11.vmdk file created in the prior steps.

You may choose the default option Make a separate copy of the virtual disk. This will copy the contents of the Windows11.vmdk container to a new location in ~/Virtual Machines.

This option will take up more space, but will allow other virtual machines to use the original virtual hard disk. If you only plan on using a single virtual instance and wish to save space, you can select Share this virtual disk with the virtual machine that created it.

Personally, I usually stick to the default option, but the choice is yours. Once you’ve selected the desired option, click Choose, followed by Continue.

Step 6: On the Finish window, you’ll have the opportunity to customize settings. Click the Customize Settings button if you wish to configure how much memory is allocated to the virtual machine along with the number of CPU cores, etc. If you’re fine with the default settings presented, click Finish.

Whether or not you click Customize Settings or Continue, you’ll next be prompted to save the virtual machine to your Mac. The default location is ~/Virtual Machines and I recommend keeping the default setting. Click Save to confirm.

If you opted to make a separate copy of the virtual disk, VMware will copy the virtual hard disk to the new location, and then automatically boot into Windows setup.

If you see a permission dialogue requesting Screen Recording access, you may click Deny. You can always provide permissions later via the Security & Privacy section of System Preferences if needed.

Windows setup

Because the necessary VMXNet3 virtual network driver isn’t included with Windows Home or Pro for Windows on ARM, you’ll need to bypass the network enrollment during Windows setup.

Step 1: On your Mac’s keyboard, press Shift+F10. If you have your keyboard set up as default, and you’re using a MacBook or Magic Keyboard, you’ll need to press Fn+Shift+F10 instead. This will invoke the Windows Command Prompt.

Step 2: Enter the following on the Command Prompt:


Press Return on your keyboard. This command lets you bypass network enrollment, but first it will restart Windows Setup.

Step 3: Select your country/region and click Yes.

Step 4: Choose your desired input method and click Yes.

Step 5: On the second keyboard layout page, click Skip.

Step 6: On the network page, click I don’t have Internet and click continue with limited setup.

Step 7: Click Accept on the License Agreement page.

Step 8: Enter your name and click Next.

Step 9: Enter a password (optional) and click Next.

Step 10: Disable all of the privacy settings and click Accept.

Windows will continue with the final configuration steps, and eventually the Windows desktop will appear.

Installing VMware Tools

Prior to installing VMware Tools, you will be unable to configure your network connection or adjust display resolution settings. In other words, instilling VMware Tools is a must.

Step 1: Click the Windows Start menu and type PowerShell in the search box. Click Run as Administrator, and click Yes on the User Access Control prompt. (If you don’t see Run as Administrator, right click on PowerShell and select Run as Administrator).

Step 2: Type the following inside the PowerShell prompt:

Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

Press Return on your keyboard to execute the command, and then type ‘Y’ and press Return to confirm the change to the execution policy. Type Exit and press Return to close the PowerShell.

Step 3: In the menu bar click Virtual MachineReinstall VMware Tools and click the Install button on the prompt that appears.

Step 4: Open Windows Explorer, navigate to the DVD drive, and ensure that VMware Tools setup is mounted. You should see a Setup.ps1 PowerShell script in the root of the DVD drive.

Step 5: Right click on the Setup PowerShell Script and click Run with PowerShell. Click Yes on the User Account Control pop-up.

VMware Tools will now install, along with the necessary VMXNet3 network drivers and SVGA display driver. After a short countdown, the PowerShell window will automatically close.

Network functionality should now be operational, and you will also be able to configure display settings via Start → Settings → Display. There should be no need to restart in order to enable this functionality.


Although this tutorial may seem like a lot of steps, it’s a fairly easy procedure to navigate through once you have the needed Windows 11 image and the VMware Fusion Technical Preview downloaded.

Jeff Benjamin holding an M2 MacBook Air with Windows 11 on ARM on screen running via VMware Fusion Technical Preview.

For general computing with apps with no Mac alternative, VMware Fusion Technical Preview has been a solid experience so far, and will only get better.

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27 thoughts on “How to install Windows 11 on M1/M2 Mac using VMware Fusion Tech Preview”

    1. Hi Michael,

      Thanks for visiting. Are you referring to the screen where it asks you to choose operating system, or are you referring to the encryption (TPM) screen? VMware has not released a new version of the Technology Preview since my tutorial went live, so in theory, nothing should be different. If you give me more information I’ll try my best to help.

  1. Plz, Answer my question. I really appreciate your review. I have a problem. I can’t transfer file Mac to widow, and window to Mac. and Can’t drag & drop. How can I fix it? answer to me.

    1. Hi sungwon,

      Drag and drop is not supported yet in this first Technical Preview release. I noted that in the important section at the top of the tutorial. Hopefully drag and drop support will come via an update soon.

  2. Hi Jeff,

    Great article and the YouTube video clearly helps. However, I have 2 issues:
    1) I am running the VMware-Fusion-e.x.p-19431034_arm64 and Windows11_InsiderPreview_Client_ARM64_en-us_22598, I get no option under Windows during the installation. So, I choose “Other 64bit Arm” and was successful.
    2) I cannot install VMware tools, the option “Install VMware Tools” is grayed out in this case. From VMware forum, I understand there is no VMware tools available for Windows11 arm on M1 Mac. Then, how does one install the way you have demo’d here. Please give me your inputs?

    Thanks again.

    1. Vinod, sorry for the late response.
      Weird on issue #1. As Build 22598 is what I’m using as well, but it looks like you’re using the latest VMware build, which may be where the issue arrises. Given that this is a technical preview, it’s inevitable that things will change slightly. Can probably say the same for VMware tools install. Did you ever get it working? Just curious.

  3. Hi Jeff, sorry to interrupt you but I ran into a problem where the code OOBE\BYPASSNRO doesn’t work. it says that the command is not found. do you have any idea why this happened?

  4. Sir the fusion on my Mac doesn’t seem to play any sound. it also keeps giving me pop-ups which shows that there is an error on the speaker or something. any idea why that’s the case?

  5. /Users/kiendethuong/Desktop/Ảnh chụp Màn hình 2022-09-04 lúc 23.32.26.png
    i followed the steps, to the step of converting VHDX to vmdk got error “qemu-img: Could not open ‘/Users/kiendethuong/Downloads/Windows11_InsiderPreview_Client_ARM64_en-us_22598.VHDX.’: Could not open ‘/Users/kiendethuong/Downloads /Windows11_InsiderPreview_Client_ARM64_en-us_22598.VHDX.’: No such file or directory”

  6. Hi Jeff,

    I am trying to bypass network “On your Mac’s keyboard, press Shift+F10. If you have your keyboard set up as default, and you’re using a MacBook or Magic Keyboard, you’ll need to press Fn+Shift+F10 instead. This will invoke the Windows Command Prompt.” using this step. I tried both with and without fn key. I am still not getting command prompt window. please help

  7. I was able to successfully complete the procedure and now have the W11 running. Thank you for this post – it was really helpful and easy to follow.

  8. Since 22H2 windows 11 install require an Internet access but doesn’t recognise VMware virtual network adapter. I found a workaround which is to use a usb to ethernet that I ask to use on the windows vm, and it works.

  9. Had a problem with OOBE\BYPASSNRO not working, fixed the issue by booting into the Administrator account during setup by pressing Ctrl+Shift+F3 and installing VMWare Tools that way, then rebooting back into OOBE. This doesn’t skip Microsoft account setup unfortunately, but you can use a banned email address to skip logging in.

  10. Hi, Thanks for the excellent tutorial. Windows 11 is working just perfectly on my Mac. However, the copy & paste of text is not working. Any fixes do you know for the same?

  11. I was passing by to thank you for the fantastic article you did. Since the new Apple M1 is based on ARM architecture, it has been a pain to get a temporal Windows 11 VM for testing purposes without paying some extra bucks (Parallels I’m talking to you!)

  12. Hello thank you for the guide above. I have a question for you.
    The unity mode option is greyed out and I cannot copy and paste text or move files between mac and windows in the VM.
    how do you enter unity mode on m1 mac and hoe can you enable copy and paste or moving files?

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